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    Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) 

    Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) | Postponed Until Fall 2021

    The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has determined that Smarter Balanced Assessments and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science will not be administered to students this spring. Instead, the state summative assessment window for the 2020-21 school year will be this fall.

    Refer to SPS Testing and Assessments for current updates as well as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Spring 2021. Refer to the full statement from Chris Reykdal, State Superintendent at OSPI for more details.


    The ELPA Assessment system measures a student’s language proficiency relative to the English Language Proficiency standards. Any student whose primary and/or home language is other than English is required by the state to test. Student progress is assessed every year to until they reach a level of ‘proficient’. Visit the SPS English Language Proficiency page for more information.

    Typically at Ballard High School we will continue to keep administering the Smarter Balanced Assessments in ELA and Math to 10 grade students as a Federal Accountability measure and as a pathway to meet the ELA and Math proficiency requirement. Most students will continue to meet these proficiency requirements by passing the state assessments in ELA and Math.

    View a full list of Graduation Pathways on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website. Visit the SPS SBA Assessments Information page for additional district information and the Smarter Balanced "What Parents and Students Should Know site.

    If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Coacher, or 206-252-1107.